Leadership Development Initiative

The Leadership Development Initiative (LDI) is an opportunity for highly effective classroom practitioners, current school leaders and teachers, in NSW public schools to enhance their knowledge, skills, understandings and professional capabilities through a structured instructional leadership development program as either a participant or a mentor.

In 2018, LDI will support current highly effective classroom practitioners, teachers, head teachers, assistant principals, deputy principals and teaching principals, with an authentic teaching component within their role, who wish to develop their instructional leadership capacity. Participants will work towards accreditation at Lead and Highly Accomplished, through a structured program including working with a mentor.

In 2018, the LDI continues to include two components:

  • Leadership Development Initiative – Highly Accomplished (LDI/HA) and
  • Leadership Development Initiative – Lead (LDI/L)

Successful participants in NSW public secondary schools and rural and remote schools and mentors may receive a grant of up to $9,000 to support participation. This grant may cover the costs of travel, accommodation, NESA registration and casual relief. Metropolitan primary school staff are welcome to apply on the condition that they are school-funded (that is, cover the costs involved in attending conferences, mentoring activities and NESA registration fees through school funds).

Leadership Development Initiative componentWho can apply to participate?Who can apply to be a mentor?Applications due date
LDI - Highly Accomplished

Highly effective classroom teachers

School executive leaders

(principals nominate mentors from within the participant's school)


LDI - LeadHighly effective classroom practitioners (including APs, HTs, DPs and TPs) who have an authentic teaching component within their rolePrincipals, deputy principals and successful Lead teachers


Further information

For more information and links to Expressions of Interest:

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